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Helene Island

Mitchell-Hedges, Frederick Albert

Frederick Albert Mitchell-Hedges  (1882-1959) is famous for a number of matters, including the alleged discovery of the most Mitchell-Hedgesperfect of crystal skulls ever found and the removal without permission of three boxes of pirate booty from Roatan Island, off Honduras, and its sale in New York for $6,000,000(a).

Mitchell-Hedges promoted the idea that Roatan Island or more specifically the smaller island, Helene, at its eastern end, which he described as “the highlands of a vast continent submerged by the Flood”(d) and was a remnant of Atlantis and that its original inhabitants were survivors of its destruction. His daughter Anna (1907-2007), went even further, with a claim that the crystal skull, which she owned until her death in 2007, had an extraterrestrial origin from where it was brought to Atlantis and from there to Belize where it was finally unearthed.>In 1970, Anna was reported, in Sykes’ Atlantis magazine(f), to have written that her father had discovered the skull in a Maya temple in Lubaantun in what was then British Honduras, now Belize!

Therefore, it is obvious that the provenance of the skull is not clear-cut, with claims that it was in fact purchased by Mitchell-Hedges in the 1940’s at a Sotheby’s auction in London(b).

Another reasonably objective article on the subject can also be accessed on the internet(c).

Apart from all this, in 2008, an investigation led by the Smithsonian Institute concluded that all 13 life-size skulls, including the Mitchell-Hedges one, were Victorian fakes(e).

(a) https://ancientlosttreasures.yuku.com/topic/4552/Mitchell-Hedges-and-the-Lost-Treasure-of-Roatan#.VpS-SssrHX4

(b) https://badassofteweek.com/hedges.html

(c) https://www.archaeology.org/online/features/mitchell_hedges/index.html

(d) https://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/55569660?searchTerm=Atlantis discovered&searchLimits=

(e) https://allthatsinteresting.com/crystal-skull?utm_source=pubexchange_twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=pubx_ancient_orig

>(f) Atlantis, Vol. 24, No. 1/2, Jan-March, 1971.<